Family PHAETHONIDAE

Family PHAETHONIDAE.

This family contains the Tropic-birds, similar in general appearance to large Terns but in structure closely allied to the Gannets, Cormorants and Private-birds. The plumage is principally black and white in the adults.

The bill is rather short, pointed, with no hook and with small narrow nostrils which are pervious ; the palate is desmognathous, the maxillo-palatines being separate behind, though united with the nasal septum anteriorly, whilst the vomer is well developed and conspicuous; the cervical vertebrae number fifteen; the femoro-caudal, semi-tendinosus and accessory semi-tendiuosus are present, the last-named muscle not occurring in any other of the Stegano-podous birds; the ambiens is absent; syringeal muscles are present.
The members of this family lay eggs which are extraordinarily like those of the Raptores, especially the genus Neophron of the Aegypiidae.

A great many genera have been created for this family but I retain all our Indian species in the one genus, Phaethon.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Family PHAETHONIDAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
290
M_ID: 
2038
M_SN: 
Phaethontidae
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5113

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith